Quick tour around the Borough of Brent

The London Borough of Brent lies in the northwestern parts of the English capital and covers an area of 16.7 square miles. It is home to over 320.000 people which makes it one of the most populous boroughs in London. The area is known worldwide as it is the location of Wembley Stadium one of the largest and most modern sporting venues on Earth.

The area of Brent Park, NW10, lies in the central parts of the borough and is known throughout the city for being the site of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. The Hindu temple is one of London’s most distinguishable structures and was inaugurated during the mid-1990s by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. As of date it is the largest mandir outside of India and is one of the British capital’s most visited landmark. Brent Park is linked to the other parts of the city by a total of seven bus routes which pass through it on a regular basis.

Dollis Hill is a district which is situated in close proximity to one of the city’s largest and most beautiful green areas, Gladstone Park. The area is mainly residential and is known for its 1920s and 1930s Edwardian semi-detached terraced houses. Dollis Hill, NW2, is the location of the Churchill War Rooms which were used by the British government as a bunker during World War II. The district is served by its own tube station which was opened in 1909 and presently sits on the Jubilee Line from the London Underground. The latest numbers show that the transportation hub is used by over three million passengers on a yearly basis.

Kenton is an area which is located in the northwestern parts of the Borough of Brent. It has an estimate population of 12.000 people and is home the Windermere which is one of London’s most famous public houses. The venue dates back to the late 1930s and is enlisted into the Campaign for Real Ale’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. It is also recognised as a Grade II edifice. Kenton, HA3 is served by a total of three tube and railway stations which makes the area the ideal base for commuters who work in the other parts of the capital. Throughout the years the district has been the home of numerous notable people such as:

  • Actress Michele Austin
  • Cricketer Denis Compton
  • Actress Sophie Okonedo
  • Footballer Darren Ward
  • Doctor Amieth Yogarajah
  • Footballer Stuart Pearce

Preston, HA9, is one of the smallest areas in Brent. Preston Park is beyond any doubt the most famous landmark in the district. It spreads over an area of 19 acres of lush green lands and is approved by the Green Flag. The district is also the location of the highly acclaimed Preston Manor School which is one of the best secondary educational facilities not only in London but in Britain as well. The school was founded in 1938 and presently has almost 1.600 pupils from the ages of 4 to 57. Preston is served by its own tube station which sits on the Metropolitan Line.

The area of Wembley is certainly the most popular district within the Borough of Brent. It has a population of over 90.000 residents and as you can guess is the location of the above mentioned Wembley Stadium. The venue was officially opened in 2007 and has a maximum capacity of 90.000 spectators. In lies in close proximity to the Wembley Arena which is one of London’s biggest indoor sporting venues. The area was established in 1934 and from 2005 to 2006 was the subject of a major renovation project. Today, it has a capacity of 12.500 seats.

Hounslow - traffic lightsHarlesden lies in the southernmost parts of the borough and has one of the largest Irish, Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian and Colombian communities in London. Recent studies show that the area has a population of over 17.000 people. The Jubilee Clock is arguably the district’s main landmark. The structure honors Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Harlesden, NW10, shares common boundaries with Kensal Green from the east, Stonebridge from the west, North Acton from the south and Willesden from the north.

The district of Queen’s Park is located on the border between the City of Westminster and Brent. It is home to over 15.000 people and is situated at exactly four miles from the noted junction of Charing Cross. The area is home to several well-known edifices and schools. It is served by its own tube station which dates back to the late 1870s.

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